James Walton

Abba, Twitter vs Instagram, and papal selfies: the modern face of the Catholic Church

The fly-on-wall documentary Inside the Vatican shows the Church as it would like us to see it now that Pope Francis is in charge

As a lifelong Catholic, I’ve often thought that two of the Church’s chief characteristics are a) how weird it is when you think about it; and b) how weird it is that so few people in it think how weird it is when you think about it. Happily, if a little smugly, I have to say that nothing in the first episode of Inside the Vatican (BBC2, Friday) caused me to revise this theory.

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